After seven years of being a stay-at-home Mom, I was fortunate enough to gain employment the week after my youngest went off to Kindergarten. I was not expecting to find a job (or, more accurately, for a job to find me) so soon, but it happened. And I love it. I’m able to organize my time better, it get’s me out of the house, and I’m able to contribute a little bit to our bank account. It’s really a great feeling.
I’m going to be honest, though. It is exhausting. And I’m only working two days a week. Seriously. Two days a week, I get the kids on the bus and I drive four miles up the road to work where I sit at a desk and answer the phone if it rings, scan a few documents, maybe sign for a package or two, and make a few phone calls. Then six hours later, I drive the four miles home and get the kids off the bus. That’s it.
But it’s EXHAUSTING! I’m so tired by the end of the day I can barely make myself stay up watching TV long after I should have gone to bed. Not that I wasn’t exhausted while staying home with the kids because, trust me, I was. I guess this is just a different kind of tired.
So here’s to all the working Moms who have been doing this all along. You make it seem so easy when I know it isn’t. And here’s to all the the stay-at-home Moms looking for that job that works with your busy lives. I’ve been there too. And here’s to all the Moms, taking it one day at a time and doing your best. I’m right there with you.